PVV – a PSA (that I love!!) from XXX Church (updated – 5/26)

Good morning, lovelies!!

And it is a very good morning indeed!! Doesn’t seem like the rapture hit too hard, the LAPD caught one of the guys who attacked and nearly killed a San Francisco Giants fan at an LA Dodgers’ game, and a religious-based organization has put out a wonderful – honestly: downright wonderful and adorable – public service announcement (PSA) encouraging parents to take responsibility for their kids’ behavior online!!

Wait, what??!!

I know!! …and I thought the rapture didn’t happen ;)

XXX Church is an organization that helps consumers with “pornography addiction” and reaches out to members of the adult community, letting them know that “Jesus Loves Porn Stars.”

Founded by Craig Gross and Mike Foster in the early 2000s, XXX Church is an interesting organization. They attend adult conventions and events regularly, setting their booth up amidst all the porn-related companies’ on the show floor, and hand out endless “Jesus Loves Porn Stars” bibles and t-shirts to anyone who’s interested (I have one of each!!). Founders regularly debate/engage high-profile members of the industry, and the organization has developed a 30 day “online pornography addiction recovery” system (X3Pure) and its own accountability software (X3Watch).

Neat, right?

But not “neat” because I agree with their stance – neat because they are respectful, proactive, engaging, and willing to offer options and potential solutions to folks who may want them. Rather than simply taking people’s money (incidentally, they do accept donations… as any non-profit does and should) and/or vilifying the business and/or expecting some unreasonable allegiance and/or ass kissing from their supporters/followers, XXX Church seems to actually want to help people…

…and one way XXX Church seems to want to help folks is through encouraging personal responsibility and accountability. This includes encouraging parents’ accountability for their kids’ online behaviors and practices. To these ends, XXX Church recently put out this PSA:

Wasn’t that just the best??!! A diverse group of actual current performers (including the beautiful Kelly Shibari and goddess April Flores), the iconic Ron Jeremy, and a Christian-based organization all contributing to something everyone wants – kids to NOT watch content that is intended expressly for adults!!

It saddens me that the principles, practices, and authenticity that are apparently guiding XXX Church seem so WILD to me. Why is it so wildly unusual to see a group practicing what they preach (hehe, so to speak)? – be nice and respectful, engage the community, take responsibility for yourself and for those younger folks in your care, and if you need/desire help… well, here are some options.

I have been wearing my “Jesus Loves Porn Stars” t-shirt proudly since the EroticaLA show in 2007 (they were there, and so was I), and I will continue to do so indefinitely.

Follow XXX Church on twitter at @XXXChurch, Kelly Shibari at @KellyShibari, and April Flores at @Fatty_D.

**UPDATE** (added 5/26/11)

There is more to XXX Church than direct community and “foe” engagement and this one great ad though…

This piece by Alyssa Royse articulates a far more detailed history of the organization than I have here and discusses “Porn Sunday,” another recent XXX Church campaign, in depth. Alyssa also offers some great discussion of blatantly problematic issues embedded the organization’s mission and goals. It is a must read.

But still, I have to say…

Despite the fact that I fully disagree with XXX Church’s politics and positionality on the adult industry and porn and masturbation and the like (and incidentally, always have), I do appreciate their willingness to get out there.

I don’t see any other anti-adult or anti-sex organizations actually doing anything. Rather than talking shit about a business they know nothing about and/or folks they’ve never even seen (much less engaged) from outside a convention hall or (more commonly) while safely ensconced in a government or university office somewhere, members of XXX Church work in the community.  Whatsmore, rather than taking money and handing out candles and other such crap under the auspices of “helping” those “in need,” it seems like the organization has attempted to develop some semblance of actual support (ie X3Pure and X3Watch).

Certainly there are many things “wrong” with XXX Church, and for sure their core stance and mission are things that I hotly disagree with… but at the same time, I appreciate the need for civil differences and a diverse array of opinions and stances, I understand that what may work for some lives definitely does not work for others, and I really like the fact that XXX Church gets out there. It is an admirable quality/practice that sets them apart from a bevy of haters.

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